Public Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art
Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane is believed to be the oldest public gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art. A registered charity, it is part of Dublin City Council. Housed in the magnificent 18th century Charlemont House designed by William Chambers, the gallery’s original collection of modern art was presented to Dublin by Sir Hugh Lane in 1908. A world-class collection comprising primarily European art it is known for its superb examples of French Impressionist paintings. Hugh Lane was also a particular champion of modern Irish art and the gallery is fortunate to have the foremost collection of 20th-century Irish art in the world. In the ethos of its founder, it continues to acquire for the collection with an emphasis on contemporary practice.
You can visit the Dublin City Gallery in just a 20-minute walk from the Dublin Citi Hotel. The Gallery is open Tuesday to Thursday from 9:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Friday and Saturday until 5 p.m.), Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.and is closed on Mondays. The bookshop and cafe are open during gallery hours.
Established in 1908 by Sir Hugh Lane and his supporters with Dublin Corporation the collection has grown considerably with acquisitions in both traditional art forms and new media. The gallery has benefited from significant bequests including Lady Lavery Memorial Bequest 1935, Francis Bacon’s Studio 1998, Sean Scully Collection 2005 and gifts from including The Friends of the National Collections of Ireland, The contemporary Irish Arts Society as well as from individuals.
The gallery’s collection is an invaluable reflection of movements and initiatives that have occurred from the time of the Impressionists to today including superb works acquired from the ROSC series of exhibitions which occurred between 1967 and 1988. Recent acquisitions include Perceived Lightness by Liam Gillick, Black Atlas Series by Kathy Prendergast and Climate Shit Drawing by Yinka Shonibare.
In 2008 the gallery celebrated its first centenary with Hugh Lane: 100 Years exhibition which saw the return from National Gallery London all 39 paintings from Sir Hugh Lane’s 1917 Bequest. They hung together with the original collection for the first time since 1913. Over 80,000 people visited during the course of the exhibition. In 2015 the gallery commemorated the centenary of the death of Sir Hugh Lane with the exhibition Sir Hugh Lane: Legacy and Loss. In 2016 as part of the commemorations for the centenary of the 1916 Rising, the gallery launched a themed programme Artist as Witness with selected displays from the collection.